BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET (Finished 3rd) "We had a really good race car today. We nearly got lapped before the first the caution. The guys did a great job. We had a little hole in it but we came back from that. We had...
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET (Finished 3rd)
"We had a really good race car today. We nearly got lapped before the first the caution. The guys did a great job. We had a little hole in it but we came back from that. We had a little luck on our side today. We had a lot great effort going into it." ON THE RACE: "We were really good for three laps at the start of the race. It kind of went backwards from there. We felt really loose. We had to tighten it up and we pitted under green. We tightened it up a little there. We were probably eight to 10 seconds off the 48 car. A caution flag came out so we were able to pit. We tightened the car up. We kept working on it and it got better and better. We were going along pretty good there. We had an oil line drag the race track and we caused a caution. Sorry about that being it was a big topic of the day. We fixed our car and were able to go back out and ended up finishing third."
ON WHAT MAKES HIS TEAM STRONG: "We were pretty bad last weekend. This weekend we were able to come back and regroup from that. We made some changes this morning before the race. We still didn't hit it right but we have a great bunch of guys. They were able to tune on the car correctly today after the race started. Unfortunately we were unable to do that during practice. We missed that set up so we put something else in it. It worked out that we were able to adjust on it. I think it was savvy on their part, the guys in the pits, to make adjustments in the right direction and communication to go along that way. That's what helped us out today. I figured we were pretty lucky that we ended up where we did after what happened with the oil line, what happened with the set up to begin with and some circumstances throughout the race that we were able to come back and do it different."
HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO REPLACE YOUR OIL LINE AND NOT LOSE A LAP? "It's a big race track. Thank goodness. If it were Martinsville we lost five laps probably. Fortunately here we were able to do that. I didn't even see them put an oil line on that. I'm not sure if they fixed it or not. We ran out of oil coming down pit road. We had to fill it back with oil. We used up our 9 lives on that deal. We were very fortunate to fix that oil line and tie it up and put oil back in it, make several stops and stay on the lead lap."
ON ADDING OIL: "I think what happens is you can't add oil after the race is over for weight. I've been around long enough to know that one."
IF THE RACE WERE TO END UNDER GREEN HOW COULD YOU HAVE TAKEN FIRST? "Probably for Jeremy (Mayfield) to take him out. That was probably the only thing I'd have the saving grace for. I wasn't going to be close enough to them to get either one of them. Jimmie (Johnson) had a fast race car all day. Jeremy did too. I just was fortunate enough for the latter half of the race to get my car better and battle with them. It was exciting to watch them. Those guys went at it pretty hard. I was pulling away from the guys behind me. They were pulling away from me a little bit. Those two guys in the race were really fast."
MICHAEL "FATBACK" MCSWAIN, CREW CHIEF FOR THE NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET
"We started out the day not as good as we wanted to be. We bounced back from being almost a lap down, got the car driving good and then had an oil line fail. Our fortune was some others misfortune. We had five or six laps to work on it. We came in, fixed the oil line, and put six gallons of oil in it and got back out there and got started. When he came in, he was completely out of oil and had no oil pressure. The guys worked really hard and we got a top-five out of it. After the last two or three weeks, that's what we really needed going into Michigan. We won two poles there last year and had a shot to win one race and had some problems in the other."